15 十月, 2014LATIFA HOLDS SWAY OVER EILEAN IN ELBA CHALLENGE
Saturday, October 4th was the date set for the challenge between Eilean, Officine Panerai’s 1936 vintage yacht, and Latifa, also built by the great Scottish architect William Fife III in the same year. The two sailing beauties delivered a wonderfully hard-fought and exhilarating battle in the stretch of sea between the islands of Elba and Capraia, with Latifa eventually emerging as overall winner.
The Bermudan yawl, which is sailed by her owner Mario Pirri, threw down the gauntlet to Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati a few months ago during the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.
Once they had exited the port and hoisted their main sails, Latifa and Eilean began the classic tacking and gybing match-race pre-start circling manoeuvres. At 10.25, the two boats drew alongside each other in a wind of around 8 knots, the agreed signal was given and the race began. Both Eilean and Latifa had aboard crews made up of both Italian and foreign sailors, nautical brokers, classic boat owners and naval gear specialists. Manoeuvres aboard Eilean were coordinated by Captain Andrew Cully and Mauro Patruno, an Italian Navy boatswain with a long string of classic yacht regattas and a round-the-world voyage aboard the naval training vessel Orsa Maggiore, to his credit.
The prize-giving ceremony took place later in the afternoon aboard Latifa. Giancarlo Lodigiani, representing A.I.V.E., the Italian Classic Sailing Association of which both yachts are members, presented Mario Pirri with a gold medal engraved with Eilean and Latifa’s names and the year of the challenge.